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Third Creek Elementary School (Statesville, NC): Completed in 2002, Third Creek Elementary was the first elementary school in the country to earn a Gold Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is highlighted on the USGBC’s Web site as a green building success story. Through its comprehensive green design, the school has been able to earn back the initial investment on green features in just three years, now profiting from energy and water conservation measures compared to the cost of standard design. The school’s principal also believes that students’ better scores on standardized tests (increased from 65 percent to 79.8 percent in the first year) are attributable to the use of daylighting and the improved indoor environmental quality. Full Case Study
EPA (Research Triangle Park): The home of the Environmental Protection Agency in RTP is a building that represents the mission of the agency. Completed in 2002, the campus sits on 10 acres and houses more than 2,000 employees. The site earned a LEED Silver Certification for its efforts from the USGBC. Its stands as one of the largest models of green building in the world and is the largest construction project ever undertaken by the EPA. The Agency felt a responsibility not only to the their environment but also to taxpayers who fund this government office. The campus is environmentally friendly and economically effective by conserving resources. Full Case Study
New Hall UNC Asheville: The New Hall building on the campus of UNC Asheville was completed in February 2006, and embodies many firsts for the university in sustainable building design. The building has a vegetated green roof to reduce heating and cooling loads, and uses geothermal wells for heating and cooling, a relatively new technology. Full Case Study


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